Update 7:30 p.m. – A medical examiner with St. Louis County police has confirmed that a body found in the Meramec River is that of Christopher Marks, the 12-year-old Affton boy who went missing Sunday night while swimming in Pacific Palisades.

Update 6:30 p.m. – Chief Tim Fitch has confirmed to KMOX that a body found in the Meramec River this afternoon may be that of Christopher Marks.

“We started getting a report that six miles downstream from Pacific Palisades, a body had been spotted in the water,” Fitch said. “We dispatched a helicopter and boats down in that area…and they did locate a body in the river.”

That body, and the clothes on it, matched the description of 12-year-old Christoper Marks. That identification was only preliminary, Fitch stressed, and had not yet been confirmed by a medical examiner or family members of Marks.

If the body is found to be that of Christopher Marks, Fitch says a criminal investigation will then follow.

“We were told that an adult had purchased alcohol for some of these teenagers, there were seven teenagers with the group,” Fitch said. If toxicology reports find alcohol in the body of Marks, charges could be filed against the adult who purchased the alcohol, believed to be Marks’ stepfather.

PACIFIC, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis County police now say they believe the search for a missing 12 year old Affton boy will wrap up tonight.

County Police Chief Tim Fitch is expected to give an update on the search for Christopher Marks at a press conference at 4 p.m. today.

The search began Sunday evening when police were called to the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area. Investigators say Marks is a white male, five feet three to four inches tall and approximately 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue or black shorts, with no shirt and no shoes.

Marks a seventh grader at Rogers Middle School.

Family members say Marks left a group of three boys, and three girls to go rope swing on the Meramec River.

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